September 29th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

Ahmadinejad: U.S. warnings don't affect our policies

Fareed Zakaria speaks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about his statements on Israel, his country's nuclear program, and what he thinks about U.S. warnings. To watch the full interview, tune into GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

You have indicated that you think that the Israeli prime minister's threats toward Iran are ones you don't take very seriously. But I was wondering how seriously you take the rhetoric of the president of the United States. President Obama said at the United Nations that he was determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Do you regard that as a bluff?

You set forth two or three questions here. I have never used the word bluff. When we say we do not take it seriously, we mean that it impacts – it does not impact our policies in the slightest.

Iran is a vast country. It's a great country. Let's assume a few terrorists come and assassinate some of our officials. Will the country be damaged? No. A couple of bombs will be set to explode. Will the country be destroyed? No.

We see the Zionist regime at the same level of the bombers and criminals and the terrorists. And even if they do something – and even if they do something, hypothetically, it will not affect us fundamentally.

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  1. John M

    It doesn't matter whether or not Ahmadinejad bluffs, he's got no power anyway. Seriously, the man has no power in Iran. Ok, he has some limited power over economic issues but that's it. The clerics above him are the ones with real power. Thus, everything he says really means nothing, but the media and our government will lead you to believe otherwise because it suits their interests...

    October 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  2. party

    ahmandinejad has power in that he administer the gov't. ultimately any war would be decided by the clergymen but ahmand his opinions does matter. only a military coupe like generals defecting can the current regime in iran be changed. the generals and army in iran don't really want a war with isreal or US because they know they will lose. Yo udon't fight a losing war.

    October 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  3. army

    economic sanctions are hurting the people and the army in iran. Even the iran clergyman and iran clerics know their power is mostly moral authority or religious authority via their religion. The power lies in the army soldiers and generals and pay checks of the soldiers. The economy in iran is queit good right now so any war with isreal or US or any continuation of economic sanctions would increase unemployment in iran and catalyst for military coupe of the current regime like the religiou clerics who refuse to compromise or lower their anti-isreal or anti-US rhetoric or tough talk based on political and religious dogma rather than logic or reason.

    October 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  4. Adam

    This is a great man so humble and so serious. Western politicians may learn a lot from this great president of a great nation. He will not waste his words and time to answer the hungry and angry wolves...Ahmadinajad will probably drag them into the vast land of modern Persia. Does anybody in the forum knows why Persia is the ONLY LAND on this planet that was never redrawn in borders for 3,000 since it was created? I dare anybody to give the correct answer. The people who know why will understand where this great man come from and what happened in Iran in 1979. All those who put their LOL in the air are just ignorant and scared because Persia is rising again. Go-head LOL as much as you can: Ahmadinajad is also laughing loud at your ignorance.

    October 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Dirk

      You have to love satire if that it what your comment was supposed to be about. Otherwise, a person who despite facts to the contrary tells the world the holocaust never happened may be a great man more in his own mind than anywhere else.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • G M Rao

      Doesn't know what he is talking about !!
      Always like to create FUSS

      October 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  5. SurakijVuthikornpant

    http://gadebate.un.org/sites/default/files/gastatements/67/IR_en.pdf

    http://gadebate.un.org/67/iran-islamic-republic

    This videoclip worth watching,believe me. ^^

    October 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  6. izzy slapowitz

    I believe the president of iran was misquoted. WHat he really said was, "I NEVER BATHED".

    October 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  7. DocReality

    It's actually a great quote for the header, but Ahmandenijad also understands that the world at large doesn't really care about U.S. warnings because there hasn't BEEN ANY IN FOUR YEARS. ONLY APOLOGIES.

    Obama: the Islama-Mulatto-Commie-antisocial-apologist-eunuch.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  8. arosel

    Ahmandenijad = a sand rat.

    All sand rats lie and think they are getting away with something.. then the air strikes, the fireworks, the stealth bombers come in and make the sand rat run and hide.

    We don't take anything he says seriously, never have and never will. Just bomb Iran into oblivion.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      It's uneducated tools like yourself who give other nations the ammunition to hate America. I'm ashamed that our country could produce a racist like you. Go to school, you idiot.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
  9. Gunman1982

    "And even if they do something – and even if they do something, hypothetically, it will not affect us fundamentally." Yeah, OK. I bet a couple of good tactical nukes can change his disease ridden brain!

    October 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
  10. Dirk

    The current leader of Iran is a deluded sociopath and liar. Saying he doesn't hate Jews, but hates Israel and it should be wiped off the map. That is like saying let's love all Persians, but get rid of Iran. You can't really have 1 without the other. Then there is the fact that whether you like or hate Germany even they admit the holocaust happened yet the current deluded president of Iran thinks otherwise?

    October 2, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • laila

      He said he doesn't like the gov of Israel not the Jews people..not that hard to understand..there are many Iranian Jews living in Iran peacefully.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        laila, you are correct. Many jews live and practice their religion within Iran without harassment. Ahmadinejad has an issue with a certian sect. of Judiasm wich is called zionism. This particular group of jews who practice zionism believe that Israel should significantly expand its geographic borders into the the sourounding areas. Isreal denys it practices this ideological interpretation of Judiasm, but many do not believe them based on the actions that they have taken to move beyond it's original borders that were established in 1948.

        October 2, 2012 at 6:33 am |
  11. KEVIN

    Ahmadinejad can't even explain what he means by "zionism" yet alone his interpretation of "zionism". Ahmadinejad has NO communication skills and needs to learn and work on them

    October 2, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
  12. pokerface

    sometime you just get a "gut feeling" about someone. I get the feeling that this man is dangerous. Maybe he has fooled me but he just seems too in control of his words. He seems calculating and very confident. Not sure what wil come about over there in the next decade but got a feelng it will be bad.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      poker, you are way over-estimating his communication skills and power. He is mostly a pawn to the Ayatolla. He wants a more active and healthy relation with other countries but the Ayatolla is more conservative and wants Iran to be more isolative. What is THE most ironic thing is how both present Iran to the world : It is in profound contridiction to the actual liberal society that they have created for their citizens. Both need to realize that Iran's power is in presenting the reality of their culture and society to the world.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • richajam

        Kevin, You are definitely right. To these there are no bad guys except those who are not them.
        The President is just a Face to the public and the world- a a pawn or a puppet. The people are played to and lied to keep them from rising up against them and to keep them from thinking for themselves. I have met serveral Iranian people- they are very nice and very pleasant to share time with over dinner, etc. and most enjoyable to have as a friend.
        But if you ask a political stance on something that is not in-line with their leaders, most do not comment – and if they do, they wisper as they lean toward you to tell you what they think about it. Is this of courtesy?- No, I think not. There is something of fear in them for themselves and or their familys well being.

        October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  13. taxpayer

    It is true that this dictator laughs at our U.S. policies. Why shouldn't he we have a weak president who is all talk and believes in socialism. This man laughs at the American people for not seeing how weak and pathetic our president is.
    It is sad to see a great power like the U.S. be systematically destroyed from within by the Socialists, Obama and his team.
    These people will be the down fall of America.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • richajam

      Sounds like Debate time in the United States Socialist Repubic! ( The new USSR)
      Q: Mr. Obama, how many Exectutive orders have you made in past 4 yrs in Office?
      A: More than all other presidents combined before me, X2 or X3.... ( but who's counting anyway.....)

      Q: Mr. Romney, how many Exectutive orders will you revolk from the previous Administration if elected?
      A: None. I will probabaly make many more that clamps down on the freedoms of all Americans.( but who's counting anyway.....)

      October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  14. JihadisSukIt

    If Ahmadinejad is set on fire but does not burn, he is innocent.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
  15. richajam

    I am not sure what to Tag on this one.... Oh Wait... here is one.
    When people of Iran and other countries start favoring their leaders who are deceptive- they should think of this past quote:

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”.
    Adolf Hitler quotes (German Chancellor, leader of the Nazi party, 1889-1945)

    October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  16. idiophobia

    anyone heard the saying the enemy of my enemy is my friend well once their gone that friend can become your enemy and this is the case with the taliban.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  17. choppedliver

    Fareed – You lost the last round with Ahmadinejad. He was 100% correct on all points and everything he said on his latest interview with you. Iran does not need nuclear weapons to wipe out Israel. The U.S. , Israel, and some of it's allies are not "THE WORLD". The U.S. and Europe are "Bankrupt"! No ticky...no shirty (cannot finance another war...no shekels) and they would be insane to even consider one. My sincere condolences to all American military who have lost their lives in this absurd Bush/Cheney Middle East venture-biggest mistake in American History!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
  18. Joe Clark

    And pigs can fly!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  19. JihadisSukIt

    (1) No limits assault to prevent the Ayatollahs from securing newks. (2) Renewed investment and job creation in the oil and gas industries outside of OPECistan. (3) Quarantine of all state sponsors of militant Islam. (4) Case-by-case review and deportation of all Jihadist sympathizers, whether born in the US or immigrants here.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  20. Socrates

    I have no sympathy at all for Zionists or Muslim fundamentalists who want to solve their problems going to war. The majority of Israelis and Muslims want to live in peace but their leaders want to go to war. Why don't they get rid of their inept and idiotic leaders and replace them with those who believe in peace and intelligence.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  21. ART

    Everyone lets give it up for Adam one of the most retarded and ignorant post ever .You rock.NOT

    October 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  22. kc

    Iran activly funneled arms to insurgents who blow up american forces in Iraq.It currently has advisors in support of goverments who fougth against arab spring.This country supports extremist groups who attack western powers.Iran now refuses to have a monitored civilian atomic program meaning there are other intentions.This country has been in a proxy shadow war with Israel fought with terror attacks.Currently this country threatens the gulf straight as a bargaining chip against oil transport. I'm amazed at people who have such a short attention span that a little Amad sweet talking seems to erase all of this.

    October 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  23. momoisdabest

    can someone please explain to me why some countries are allowed to have and build nuclear weapons but others are not? Why India? Why Israel? Why Pakistan? Why USA? who gets to decide?

    October 3, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  24. bribarian

    Ahmadinejad is a hero. Looks like another "misquote" by the zi0nist media.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
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